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Former Dunmore football coach pleads guilty to harassment, furnishing alcohol charges

LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A former volunteer Dunmore football coach has pled guilty to two charges in Lackawanna County court.

According to the criminal complaint, an investigation was opened on 23-year-old Mark Rinaldi after he allegedly made lewd comments to a minor while at a graduation party in June of 2022.

The complaint claims that Rinaldi supplied minors with alcohol and marijuana multiple times and that he also repeatedly made lewd comments and asked the underage boys about their

Body of missing Wilkes-Barre woman found in Montour County

MAYBERRY TOWNSHIP, MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Montour County Coroner confirmed a body that was found near the Susquehanna River is that of a woman from Wilkes-Barre who’s been missing since December of 2022.

According to the coroner, the body of missing 37-year-old Amy Gregory was found in Mayberry Township near the Susquehanna River late Saturday afternoon.

Police have been searching for Gregory, who was pregnant, since her family reported her missing on December 22nd.

An autopsy is sc

Scam Alert: How to spot a romance scam ahead of Valentine’s Day

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — Last year in the U.S., nearly 19,000 people fell victim to romance scams, losing roughly $700 million total, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In a press release, the FBI says a romance scam is when someone uses a fake online identity to manipulate a person into trusting them with the goal of getting money. The scammer will usually try to initiate a relationship as quickly as possible and may even propose marriage before asking for money.


Poconos crash leads to discovery of alleged fraud scheme

KIDDER TOWNSHIP, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — While investigating a crash in the Poconos, Pennsylvania State Police say they uncovered a large theft ring.

State police responded to a crash on Interstate 80 in Kidder Township on January 27th around 1:30 a.m. While on scene, police say, they arrested 35-year-old Brian McBride for driving under the influence of marijuana.

Through further investigation, state police say they found McBride to have nine fake identification cards and seven bank cards

Millions in funding announced for EMS, fire services

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — On Friday, the Acting Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook announced $31 million in grants for those who applied for the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program (FCEMSGP).

The FCEMSGP is an annual program for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads. The grants go toward eligible projects like facility upgrades, equipment, training and certification, education and public outreach, and

Trio convicted of ‘brazen’ attack on Pike County community

MILFORD, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Three men allegedly involved in a bizarre attack in 2019 on the Pine Ridge Community have been found guilty on multiple charges.

34-year-old Adam Abdur-Rahim and 31-year-old Musa Abdur-Rahim, both of Binghamton NY, and 53-year-old Troy Sutton, of Brooklyn, NY were convicted by a jury for kidnapping, robbery, burglary, terroristic threats, simple assault, and recklessly endangering. Troy Sutton and Adam Abdur-Rahim were also found guilty of carrying a firearm a

Lackawanna County animal shelter receives $200K grant

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Humane Society of Lackawanna County received a big boost in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a $200,000 check to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter/Humane Society of Lackawanna County.

In a release, the commissioners said they know the shelter was hit hard during and after the pandemic and this money will help them provide better care to the animals, as well as help pay staff and cover the costs of sup

“Irate” man scratches woman over shrimp

KULPMONT BOROUGH, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A man from Sunbury was issued a citation after police say he harassed a woman because there “was no shrimp to go with his dinner.”

Pennsylvania State Police say the incident happened on January 20th in the 1230 block of Scott Street when a 45-year-old man became angry after a 44-year-old woman served him dinner with no shrimp.

Police say the man became so enraged with the woman he scratched her, leaving visible marks on her neck.

ESU awarded $40K to fight food insecurity

EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — In an effort to eradicate food insecurity on college campuses across the commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Hunger-Free Campus Initiative has awarded East Stroudsburg University a $40,000 grant.

On Monday, ESU announced the grant saying the funds will help the university better support the students and their families, as one in three college students in the commonwealth face food insecurity.

The university hopes to give all students better access to hi

Airbnb warns of booking scams ahead of the Super Bowl

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — As fans prepare for the Super Bowl, Airbnb is warning consumers of possible scams to look out for while booking property rentals.

According to Airbnb, rentals in the Phoenix area have been sold out for months even before last night’s game. But during big events like the Super Bowl, Airbnb reports a spike in scam listings claiming to offer the best price.

Airbnb says many third-party sites, unrelated to their own, are offering rentals claiming to be managed by Airb

Fundraising while kicking cancer’s butt

STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A 6-year-old girl is using her artistic abilities to raise money for foundations, all while battling cancer.

In September of 2020, Madelyn Hewitt was diagnosed with leukemia at just 4-years-old. Since the diagnosis Madelyn has been receiving treatment.

After receiving the devastating news the family was focused on Madelyn’s treatment. That’s when the Olsen Christmas Wish stepped in and provided Madelyn and her little sister Josie with a beautiful Christ

Lycoming County native continues journey on The Voice

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — On The Voice, a Lycoming County native preformed in the battle rounds. Morgan Myles, who is on Team Camila, preformed against Steven McMorran.

The two sang Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus and all the judges agreed the Williamsport native has what it takes to go all the way

In the end, Camila picked Morgan to move on in the competition.

The coach said she welled up with pride watching her preform and Morgan is irreplacable on the show.

We will continue to update you

‘Work ‘n Camp’ program now offered at local amusement resort

ELYSBURG, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — One local amusement resort is getting creative with solutions for worker shortages.

Knoebels Amusement Resort announced Thursday they will be starting a Work ‘n Camp program. Employees hired in for this program will work 40-hour weeks in either ride operations or food service departments from July 31 through September 3.

Anyone enrolled in this program will stay at the Lake Glory Campground in Catawissa. The camping site offers free electricity, wa

Veterans join in on cleaning up Scranton

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Scranton City Pride continues Wednesday and is getting veterans from the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center out and planting.

About 10 volunteers from Net Credit Union and Scranton Tomorrow helped veterans pot about 150 spider plants. Each resident of the Gino Merli Center will receive a plant for their room and others will be placed around the building.

Eyewitness News is told that the residents look forward to days where they can get outside and enjoy the

Spotted Lanternfly quarantine: What it means, how to report spottings

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Many areas of Pennsylvania are in a Spotted Lanternfly quarantine as the bugs are now back, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The Spotted Lanternfly is a species native to Asia and was found in PA in 2014, the bugs are considered a huge threat to the PA agriculture system. The PDA said the bug causes serious damage including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling and dieback in trees, vines, crops and many other types of plants.


State parks to expand supplying of free sunscreen

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — More state park beaches throughout Pennsylvania will be supplying free sunscreen to park visitors.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the expansion on Friday. The sunscreen dispensers are pole-mounted, battery-operated and supply 30+ SPF sunscreen applications, they will be positioned at 33 state parks.

“Protection from ultraviolet rays is critical as the weather warms and we spend more time outdoors, with Memorial Day Weekend here, we

Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day to benefit local children’s hospital

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Sipping an iced coffee on Wednesday not only benefits you but also area children who are battling illness in Northeastern PA hospitals.

Dunkin’s Iced Coffee day take place Wednesday, and $1 from every iced coffee sold in NEPA will benefit the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. This is part of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation to bring joy to kids battling illness.

“Millions of children across the country are fighting illnesses that no chi

Tobyhanna Army Depot unearths time capsule from 2000

COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Tuesday morning, a time capsule was opened from more than two decades ago.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is going back in time to the year 2000.

“2000 was interesting, it was a very different time. It was pre 9/11. In some ways, maybe we were more naïve,” said Robert Katulka who is the Director of Production Engineering.

On Tuesday morning they unearthed this time capsule buried over two decades ago. It contained items like a packet of anthracite coal an

Nearly $1M awarded to development of Lackawaxen River

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Wolf Administration announced that nearly $1,000,000 will go towards expanding access to the Lackawaxen River.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced that $408,000 will be dedicated to the construction of boat launches, comfort stations, pedestrian walkways, ADA access, landscaping, and parking.

“Communities that embrace conservation and lay out the welcome mat for

Poconos and Beyond: Summer activities in PA

Check out all the things to do in the Pennsylvania great outdoors this summer

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — As the weather heats up and schools begin to let out, soon you’ll be looking for activities to keep the kids, and yourself busy.

From amusement parks to museums, northeastern and central Pennsylvania have it all and you can find it listed right here.
• Hersheypark – Located in Hershey you’ll find this chocolate oasis with something for everyone. Offered in the park are 15 coasters, an 11
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